Cattle lowered by crane in Pakistani ritual

STORY: Have you ever seen a bull being carried by crane?

Location: Karachi, Pakistan

Syed Ejaz Ahmad raises cattle in a rooftop barn

Every year for the festival of Eid al-Adha

he lowers them 40 feet to the ground using a crane

before they are sacrificed for their meat

Sacrificial cattle owner, Syed Ejaz Ahmad: “I make the animals climb up the stairs when they are small. But when they grow up, it is impossible to bring them down the stairs. That’s why we hire a crane to bring them down.”

Ahmad has been carrying out the practice for 18 years

drawing crowds of onlookers

Local resident, Mohammad Hanzala: “In the past I used to come here with my friends, but this time I came alone. It is very enjoyable to watch the animals being lowered. In the past, five or six animals were lowered, but this year there were only two animals. It is a source of great enjoyment.”

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